The first thing I learned from my college writing courses was: Some people think they know everything about writing. And sometimes, those people are wrong. So very, horribly, terribly wrong. They will try to convince you otherwise. And dear novice, please do not listen. Get a second opinion. I had good experiences in my collegeContinue reading ““Advanced” Fiction & Beyond”
So there I was, re-writing my stories and re-inventing my characters. There were tons of problems to fix (least of which were just bad ideas). But I knew I could do this. You know, eventually. I signed up for a Fiction Writing class in my community college. I ended up taking the advanced one threeContinue reading “Here We Go”
Holy HELL its been a long time. Almost… *checks watch* A YEAR?? If nothing else says “Jen, you are a bad blogger” like this, nothing will. I want to try to remedy that and post more often, because a LOT is going on. Maybe I can do a post or two a month… …she said,Continue reading “Where Was I?”
Yesterday, my husband mentioned how he would want to be a character in my writing. Even in a different story or setting than what I usually write. And of course, as any sane writer is wont to do, I first planned how to kill him. I will admit a pinch of guilt about this, butContinue reading “When Friends & Family Want to Join…”
I’ve seen some writers mention killing off people they don’t like in their stories. I don’t know if this is revenge, per se, or just letting off some steam that can’t be done any other way. And I mean, I’ve done this. I once wrote a female version of my brother’s therapist, only to killContinue reading “Getting Revenge”
I’ve talked about my connection in writing to video games, but not yet the anime portion. You see, Kari’s entire make-up (clothes, attitude, powers and appearance) was a combination of own desires, Kingdom Hearts, Disgaea, and the belovedly ancient anime called Inuyasha. At first, Kari was Inuyasha. She was stubborn, independently lonely, and oh-so inContinue reading “On Writing, Anime, & Mental Health”
When I became a teenager, I became very interested in darkness. Cruel, evil, cold, void of color and feeling darkness. It’s lonely and hard, while also sharply continuous. I never felt purely alone within my darkness, rather, it became part of me that still exists today. We all have something similar, I think. I haveContinue reading “Finding Ourselves in Our Villains”
In my last-last post, I mentioned how my writing really got rolling when I began to RP on the EMS forum on Neopets. Kari grew into a real character there, and even after my time on Neopets ended, Kari and her stories remained. I’ve known for a long time that I am not a “peopleContinue reading “When Writing Got Lonely”
I’m doing something a little out of my “safe space” here, but as it’s been awhile, I thought why not? Not terribly long ago, I ran across a YouTube video by Lizz Robinett (posted waaaay back in 2014, so I’m waaay late) and instantly loved it. It was the sort of creepy, get-under-your-skin type ofContinue reading “Hide and Seek”
While talking to a fellow writer on Twitter, we came across the topic of roleplaying online. My earliest internet days were spent on websites like Neopets, where, when I wasn’t playing flash games, I was building a presence on the EMS board. I met my best friend and adoptive brother there, but that’s another storyContinue reading “When the Real Stories Are Born”
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